Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk

A personal record of my walk in 1999 with written journal and photographs. Tracklogs for GPS units and for use with Google Earth are available for download for each stage.

Journal, Photographs and Download Files

Stage 4: Patterdale to Shap
Statistics and Files
Start: Patterdale Finish: Shap Distance: 15.5 miles (24.9 km)
Time: 7-8 hours Climbing: 1,224 metres Rating: Strenuous
GPX Route File Google Earth File About Patterdale
Statistics
Start: Patterdale Finish: Shap
Distance: 15.5 miles (24.9 km) Time: 7-8 hours
Climbing: 1,224 metres Rating: Strenuous
GPX Route File Google Earth File
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Stage Report

Note: The daily records are from my diary written during the course of the walk with additional notes in italics.

PatterdalePatterdale
Lovely Lakeland viewLovely Lakeland view

Awful weather on the tops but we still managed to bag a few peaks to supplement my 50 peaks challenge and even for Deke a new one in Rest Dodd. It was not much fun at height though being squally and persistently damp throughout the remainder of our time in the Lakeland Fells. The weather eventually cleared and the sun came out during our descent from the superb Kidsty range and during the walk alongside Haweswater Reservoir. Question - Has anyone else who has done the Coast to Coast looked to the reservoirs dams and seemed to walk eternally towards them without them seeming to get any closer? What a boring bit of the walk blocked in by the water companies screening of the reservoir to the right and the formative hills of the Lake District closing you in to the left. After the tiring reservoir stretch we collapsed for a bite to eat at the little hamlet of Burnbanks. It was here we first met a Canadian couple (Roy and Moira Ferguson from Gwelf) who were doing the walk. Roy and Moira accompanied us on the remainder of the days walking to Shap. We were to meet them again.

HaweswaterHaweswater
Deke negotiates Dave Brockhurst's StileDeke negotiates Dave Brockhurst's Stile

One thing to add. as we left the Lake District behind and walked across the countryside to Shap we came to a stile which had significance to me. Five years earlier on my first Coast to Coast walk my brother Dave was negotiating this very same stile. He had a aluminum framed backpack which tipped everything he was carrying onto the ground. He was not amused. Deke's thumbs up gesture as he crossed the stile was in homage to Dave.

In the evening we stayed in the Crown Hotel bunkhouse (as Steve, Dave and I did in 1994) and we got a real roaring fire going. Only snag, Deke in doing the good deed of drying out our clothes managed to burn my socks to the point of disintegrating the toes of one and rendering them useless. Luckily I had another pair for tomorrow. In the pub during the evening we met another couple, Chris and Zarina Brewer who were to become good companions during later legs of the walk.

Shap AbbeyShap Abbey
The Bunkhouse at the Crown InnThe Bunkhouse at the Crown Inn

The crossing of Lakeland on the first third of the walk is a good enough reason in itself to embark on the Coast to Coast walk. It does not get any better than this start but don't feel the real walking is done yet. The Lakes will have given you the stamina to go on (and in my case the blisters and collapsed knees!) but tiredness sets in during the middle stages of the journey where the obstacle of the Pennine watershed has to be overcome. After this look forward to the delightful walk through Swaledale, a delight in itself if not with the enormity of the Lakes.


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